2015 Day of Remembrance events
Thursday, April 16, 2015
- Midnight: Lighting of Ceremonial Candle – April 16th Memorial
Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will stand guard for 32 minutes. The candle will remain lit for 24 hours.
- 9:43 AM: Moment of Silence – Campus
Prior to the moment of silence, President Sands and Provost McNamee will be joined by members of the Virginia Tech Rescue Squad to place wreaths at the memorial in memory of the victims and in honor of the survivors of the April 16, 2007 tragedy. Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will stand guard at the April 16th Memorial to mark the moment of silence. The cadets will continue to stand guard for 32 minutes.
- 10 AM: Echo Taps – Campus
Echo Taps will be played by members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, Buglers of the Guard. They will be positioned at various locations through-out campus.
- 11:30 AM: Community Picnic – Note Rain Location: Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center
- 11:27 PM: April 16th Memorial
Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will stand guard at the April 16th Memorial for 32 minutes.
- 11:59 PM: Extinguishing of Ceremonial Candle - April 16th Memorial
Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will stand guard for 32 minutes prior to the 11:59 PM extinguishing. The candle will be extinguished and the light will be carried back into Burruss Hall, representing the commitment to never forget.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
- 9 AM: 3.2 Mile Run in Remembrance - Virginia Tech campus
Expressions of Remembrance
- April 16 | 9 AM - 4 PM: “Creating to Heal: An exhibit of quilts and recordings from the April 16th condolence archives” – Newman Library, 1st Floor Multi-Purpose Room (Room 101)
- April 17 | 9 AM - 4 PM: “Creating to Heal: An exhibit of quilts and recordings from the April 16th condolence archives” – Newman Library, 1st Floor Multi-Purpose Room (Room 101)
- April 18 | 9 AM - 4 PM: “Creating to Heal: An exhibit of quilts and recordings from the April 16th condolence archives” – Newman Library, 1st Floor Multi-Purpose Room (Room 101)
- April 18 | 2 PM: “First Responder Appreciation Day” at VT Baseball vs. North Carolina – English Field
ln honor of the 32 people who lost their lives on April 16, 2007, and to focus on their commitment to helping others and bettering society, VT Engage will offer community service projects throughout the week of April 12th. For more information and to sign up, please visit the links below.
- April 12 | 1:40 PM - 4:15 PM: Help ensure healthy, affordable food is available to residents of the New River Valley with the YMCA Community Gardens.
- April 14 | 2:15 PM - 5:15 PM: Do you enjoy working with kids, especially toddlers through 10 year olds? Come learn and serve with the Blacksburg Children’s Museum to facilitate craft projects, theater activities and more.
- April 15 | 11:10 AM - 4:30 PM: Help build homes for those in need with Habitat for Humanity in Roanoke, Virginia.
- April 17 | 12:30 PM - 5 PM : Help feed southwest Virginia's hungry by sorting and preparing boxes of food that will be distributed to local food banks with Feeding America in Salem, Virginia.
- April 17 | 2:15 PM - 4:45 PM: Ensure healthy, affordable food is available to residents of the New River Valley with the YMCA Community Gardens.
- April 19 | 1:40 PM - 4:15 PM: Help ensure healthy, affordable food is available to residents of the New River Valley with the YMCA Community Gardens.
Reynolds Homestead 3.2 Run in Remembrance
The 3.2 Run in Remembrance is held to remember the 32 Hokies who lost their lives on April 16, 2007. The event strives to bring fellow Hokies together, to feel the support of the community, and to celebrate the lives of our friends and family members. The Reynolds Homestead course will take you through private research property that is not generally open to the public.
Kosair Charities Volunteer Project
Saturday, April 11, 2015 | 9 AM – 12 PM
9810 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY 40299
This will be our 3rd year in a row to help do major spring cleaning, both inside and outside, for Kosair Charities (formerly Easter Seals). The inside work consists of wiping down all of the occupational and physical therapy equipment. The outside work includes power washing the playground equipment and helping to prep the therapy garden. We have invited other ACC school alumni to join us for this day of service. We hope to still have the largest alumni turnout, as there will be a prize of some sort for the school with the largest numbers. There will be a free lunch after we finish at noon. Please feel free to bring your kids with you if they are willing to work, as it's a great way for them to earn service hours for school and scouts.
Virtual 3.2 Run/Walk in Remembrance
Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 9 AM
Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail, Hershey, PA
The run/walk event will be held on the Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Trail in Hershey, Pennsylvania (West of the Medical Center on the corner of Bullfrog Valley Road and Woods Lane). The event is open to all members of the community, but attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite maroon and orange.
Charleston, South Carolina
Run in Remembrance: 3.2 for 32
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 6 PM
Marion Square, Corner of King and Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC
We will meet at Marion Square at 6 PM and we will start running at 6:30 PM Marion Square is downtown, at the corner of King & Calhoun Street.
Habitat for Humanity Service Event
Saturday, April 11, 2015 | Time and Location TBD
The First State Chapter will be working with the local Habitat for Humanity organization to help in providing affordable housing for those in need. We welcome all Hokies in our area to participate, but pre-registration is required.
Meal Preparation at Thurman Brisben Center Homeless Shelter
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 2:30 PM – 7 PM
Thurman Brisben Center, 471 Central Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22401
The Fredericksburg Chapter will be providing a dinner at our local homeless shelter for the 2nd year. We are looking for volunteers to help prepare the meal from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM (three people) and to serve the meal from 5:30 PM to 7 PM (four people).
3.2 for 32 Remembrance Run/Walk
Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 9 AM
Chastain Park, 4469 Stella Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30342
The Atlanta Hokies will meet at Chastain Park for our annual 3.2 for 32 Remembrance Run/Walk. We’ll be meeting in the picnic shelter area at 9 AM There will be orange and maroon balloons up to guide alumni to the meeting spot. Water and snacks will be provided, and we are encouraging everyone participating to wear LOTS of orange and maroon. We will be accepting donations for the Memorial Fund.
Virginia Tech for Life Blood Drive
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 12 PM - 7 PM
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center, One Partnership Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210
Rooms 103 and 104
The Southwest Virginia Chapter will host a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Thursday, April 16. Please visit anytime between noon and 7 PM
3.2 for 32 Run in Remembrance and Alumni Social
RUN: Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 6:30 PM
Green Lake Community parking lot, 7201 East Green Lake Dr N, Seattle, WA 98115
SOCIAL: Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 7:30 PM
Zoe Yogurt, 6900 East Green Lake Way N, Set E, Seattle, WA 98115
Please join us to remember the 32 Hokies who lost their lives on 4-16, as well as those who survived this tragic event. This event strives to bring fellow Hokies together, to feel the support of the community, and to celebrate the lives of our friends and family members. This is a family-friendly event, so bring your kids, family, friends, and dogs (must be on a leash) as we walk/run the outer loop of Green Lake Park. Afterwards, we will grab dessert/frozen yogurt at Zoe Yogurt between 7 PM and 7:30 PM (dogs must stay outside). REMINDER: Wear your orange and maroon so we can find you!
IOA Corporate 5K
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 7:15 PM
Lake Eola, Orlando, FL 32801
The Central Florida Chapter will be participating in the IOA Corporate 5K as a team, gathering together to remember the lives lost and survivors on the April 16 tragedy. The team name is “Virginia Tech” and our captain is Katie Sonntagg.
8th Annual Memorial Blood Drive
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | Noon - 6 PM
Youth Development Center, 3 Battaile Drive, Winchester, VA 22602
Join the Shenandoah Hokies as we honor those lost and injured in April 16, 2007. This will be our 8th annual blood drive with the Red Cross. Visit the Red Cross website (using code VTblooddrive15) in the blue “Give Blood: Find a Blood Drive” box near the top right of the page.
A Walk to Remember 32
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 6 PM
Centennial Park, 2500 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203
April 16 will always be a day that we remember. Every year, we gather together for a moment of silence and a friendly Hokie walk around Centennial Park to remember those that lost their lives on April 16, 2007. Please join us and feel free to bring your friends, family, furry friends and anyone else you want to invite. Because, as they say, "Today, we are all Hokies." We will meet in front of the Parthenon on the long side that faces West End Avenue. Wear Orange & Maroon.
National Capital Region
Remembrance Blood Drive
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 1 PM - 7 PM
Virginia Tech Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Road, Falls Church, VA 22043
Please join us on April 16 for a blood drive cosponsored with the INOVA health system. The event will be held at the VT NCR Center in Falls Church.
3.2 for 32 Walk/Run in Remembrance
Saturday, April 18, 2015 | Time TBD
Fort Washington State Park, 420 Militia Hill Road, Fort Washington, PA 19034
The 2015 Philadelphia Chapter 3.2 for 32 Walk/Run in Remembrance will be held in memory and support of the victims of the April 16, 2007 tragedy at Virginia Tech. Details will be provided soon. Volunteers are needed to help plan the event.
3rd Annual Blood Drive for South Texas Blood and Tissue
Thursday, April 16, 2015 | 4:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Clarity Child Guidance Center, 8535 Tom Slick, San Antonio, TX 78229
The San Antonio Chapter will be holding our third annual Blood Drive for South Texas Blood and Tissue on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Clarity Child Guidance Center, our other philanthropic partner. The Blood Mobile will be located along the street out front.
Annual Habitat for Humanity Build
Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 7:45 AM – 3:30 PM
Paterson Habitat for Humanity Headquarters, 146 North 1st Street, Paterson, NJ
Let’s honor the memory of students and faculty who were lost 8 years ago by participating in our annual Habitat for Humanity Build. The New Jersey Chapter invites you to join us in this day of giving back to the community. The build takes place in Paterson, NJ, the busiest Habitat for Humanity chapter in the state. WE NEED TO FILL 12 SLOTS TO FIELD A COMPLETE TEAM; PLEASE REPLY ASAP.
Annual 3.2 for 32 Remembrance Walk/Run
Saturday, April 18, 2015 | 10:45 AM
Denver South High School, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave., Denver, CO 80210
The Denver Hokies will be hosting our Annual 3.2 for 32 Remembrance Walk/Run on Saturday, April 18th at Wash Park; please invite/bring your family, friends, kids, and dogs (on leashes). This event will begin at 10:45 AM, with lunch being served at noon. For this year’s event, we are following a potluck format. The chapter will supply hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks, along with a hot side. Everyone is encouraged to bring a side dish, dessert, or appetizer. Group picture taken at 11 AM Bring lawn chairs and blankets for picnic lunch.